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Cerna Hora - L'Amère à Boire

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Ratings: 31
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 9.18%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
L'Amère à Boire visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-03-2002

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Ratings: 31 | Reviews: 19
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4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.8/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of smcolw
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The head is off white and foamy. Settles slowly but finishes as a ring of bubbles. Ring lace and then it becomes spotty.

Mild aroma but it is well balanced. A bit of raw grain to the nose.

Very full bodied for the style. Good caramel start but the tale of this beer is the strong bitter hop finish. The aftertaste is more balanced. Smooth with the low carbonation.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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3/5  rDev -25.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of papat444
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap at the brewpub yesterday.

Appearance: An orange body with a creamy white head that drapes the glass all the way down. As the glass empties, love the layers of lacing all the way down.

Smell: Aroma of floral hops, crisp.

Taste: A nice spicy bitterness. The Saaz hops really shine here. Grassy a bit, some orange and a bit of sulfur.

Mouthfeel: Crisp carbonation, pleasing bitterness, creamy.

Overall: A very pleasing and satisfying beer. Worth the trip here.

Photo of rarbring
3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is clear deep brass colored, a white high head with loads of lacing.

Smelling of fresh fruits, pears, apples and grass.

Upfront a white bread sweetness, red apples and fresh cut grass.

Medium carbonation, medium sized bubbles, an almost coarse texture but very refreshing, a dry finish.

Well balanced, fresh and refreshing. A good Canadian Czech!

Photo of ritzkiss
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pint at L'Amere a Boire on the Thursday night of Mondial week. Arrives a nice robust golden, a shade darker than the standard. Finger of head.

Nose is biscuity malt, hint of graininess, light grassy hopping, perhaps a dash of lemon.

A really round body for a pils, the malt really shines and gives it a much more robust feel. Clean, noble hopping, grassy with a hint of lemon. Would have loved a heavier hand on this area, doesn't stand up to even some local favorites such as King. Still, really nice quaff and perfect on this warm evening. Would love to go back and revisit.

Photo of Yoonisaykul
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Read some beerfly reviews which suggested this so I hope I'm not biased in any way.

A. Deep, almost copper gold with a white head that lasts long enough. Lots of goopy lacing.

S. Smells good. Hoppy. Fresh honey. As it warms up the honey becomes very strong. Smells great but its not my favorite smell for a pilsner.

T. Very good. There's nothing really "impressive" about the taste but it tastes right. Nothing to offend here. Honey and noble hops are still here but with a little sour note. Slight woodiness. Fresh Berry notes rise with the temperature. Smells like both fresh berry juice and candy. Very slight skunkiness which i kind of enjoy.

M. Medium, edging on high carbonation. Full feel. Moderately dry but very astringent.

D. Super. An all nighter.
I'd just finish up my night with a little something tougher

Good beer. I recommend it.

Enjoyed with both their accra plate and gravlax plate

Photo of plaid75
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at L'amerie a boire, Montreal.

Poured a hazy medium straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a mixture of citrus and noble hops with doughy malts.

The taste consisted of a doughy malt and a lively hop. There was some citrus detected but for the most part the earthy, dry noble hops dominated.

The mouthfeel was average for the style.

Overall an easy drinking pils.

Photo of rodenbach99
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L'amère à boire is one of the only brewpub in montreal to brew lager beer. This beer is a good exemple of what l'amère à boire is able to do.

A good pint at the brewpub

A: nice golden colour, nice thick lasting head.
S: fresh hops smell.
T: crisp, fresh, refreshing, some malt, nice bitterness.
M: medium-bodied.
D: nice drinking beer,

Photo of santa109
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Absolutely beautiful golden color with a finger of thick looking head, served in a pint. Leaves nice lacing throughout the session.

S: Floral hops, fairly clean smelling. A bit of grain and I also picked up on a very faint fruity character.

T: Starts off a bit bitter from the hops but it's hastily replaced with a grainy flavor. Ends with a lingering bitterness that just won't fade away.

M: Med-Light body with good carbonation that tingles on the tongue. A bit creamy and leaves a slight drying effect.

D: Goes down really easily, feels like on a weekend afternoon on the patio at l'Amère à boire. I could of had a few of these if their hadn't been others that I did want to try.

Overall, a superior pils. Recommended if you stop at this brewpub.

Photo of Deuane
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Golden yellow with a bright white head that left generous lace.

S-Light ,alts and Saaz hops...it's ALL about the Saaz!

T-Malty with just enough hop bite to keep things in Czech! Even an ale freak like me appreciated this one!

M-Medium-light body with the expected crsipness one looks for in a pils.

D-Very well done and true to style. Would not be hard to reach for a few of these on a hot summer day in the city.

Photo of bobsy
4.8/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'll begin by saying that I've never come across a pils that's blown me away, or, more accurately, I had never come across a pils that blew me away until Cerna Hora. The beer turns up with a radiant golden body and a frothy, sticky white head. Nice, clean floral aroma with saaz spiciness. The taste is crazy good, and if I hadn' have known better I would have said it was on cask, as it had that nice character a cask can imbue. More malt aspect than I've come across in a pils, and the better for it. The floral hopping of the hops produces a well-balanced bitterness. Crikey, this is a good beer. Everything is well-balanced and this would be a perfect session brew. One of the best beers I had in montreal.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After a crazy palate attack from Péché Mortel, I decided to mellow out on a smaller beer. Served in a ten ounce glass, on to the beer:

Light gold in appearance with decent head retention. The aroma of this beer hints hay, some grains, and pale malt. Grassy and sweet this beer's flavor is, is this how a fresh Czech Pilsner's suppose to taste like? Spicy hop in the bakground, creating a floral flavor. The balance is good and is easy drinking, yet holds a good modest flavor. I chose a good beer to loosen up on.

Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A good pils, good head lots of lace.Floral aroma. Saaz hops and Czech yeast. Crisp, clean taste with dry and fruity finish. Well malted and well carbonated. Not the subtle complexity of the real Czechs I have had. A good summer beer that I think has held on with popularity.

Photo of DrJay
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light amber, clear, with a generous white head. Nice looking pint. Lots of floral/spicy saaz hops come through in the aroma, along with a bit of malt and a very clean yeast profile. Moderate bitterness with some malt backbone and light spiciness. Short finish with hops appearing again through to the end. The carbonation was a little on the low side, which made the body seem heavier than expected. It also ended up smoother with less crisp carbonation character than commonly seen in the style. Still good though. Slight dryness as well. I'd definitely think of using this as a session if I lived in the area.

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Cerna Hora from L'Amère à Boire
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